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Monday, December 25
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Merry Christmas! Today we celebrate and honor the birth of the Savior of the world. This is the day that Heaven came to Earth to rescue and redeem mankind. Stop and think for a minute what your life would be like if this day had never happened. What if there had been no angelic visitation with Mary, what if that wonderful night with the shepherds had never occurred? Every benefit and blessing that comes from living in the age of New Covenant grace wouldn’t exist. Old Covenant rules and regulations enforced by hypocritical Pharisees and Priests would still be oppressing God’s people. But that’s not the case…He came as a baby in a manger and began a life that would change the entire history of the world…for eternity! So before you get pulled into all of the festivities and hoopla that come with Christmas Day, take a little time to reflect and be grateful for the gift of New Covenant life and freedom that you get to enjoy…not just today, but every day of your life in Christ.
Tuesday, December 26
And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
Have you ever wonder what the Christmas story would read like if the shepherds had not gone to see the Baby Jesus? What if they just sat there in awe of what they had witnessed and never went to see Jesus? This tends to be the case with many Christians. The Holy Spirit will speak to them or perform a miracle in their life as a way of activating them but they are content with just hearing or seeing something. They will be quick let you know that they witnessed something amazing but many times, years later, they’re still talking about that same visitation without ever having done anything with it. God never performs or speaks without a purpose. Sometimes that purpose may simply be to bring you comfort or peace in a difficult time. Most times, however, He will speak or reveal Himself to you in a unique and supernatural way to jump start you into the plan He needs you to accomplish. The next time you hear from Him, whether it be through something spectacular or simply through His still, quiet voice, let it spur you into action. The more obedient you become, the more often you’ll hear Him speak.
Wednesday, December 27
17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
The easiest way to get those around you to open themselves up to the Lord is to do like the shepherds did make known what God is doing in your life. Those people in your world: your family, co-workers, and friends, need to know that God is alive and at work in the world today. Modern religion portrays God as distant, unreachable, and unconcerned. When He speaks to you, or you experience His goodness in a special way, those around you should know about it. You shouldn’t be shy with how good He is to you and how much you love Him. The old school approach and presentation of the Gospel where sin, fear, and judgement is preached does not work and is actually not the Gospel at all. The word Gospel means ‘good news’ and those outside of it already know how messed up their lives already are. So rather than telling them how far away they are, show them how close He is. Let them see how good, loving, and present He is by letting them see what He’s doing in you. Share His good news with those in your world today.
Thursday, December 28
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
A full heart…that is definitely what Mary would say she had after becoming the mother of the Savior. Being the mother of God’s Son would not be an easy life. The ridicule and criticism she would receive, and later witness her Son receive as well, would definitely be an extremely heavy burden to carry. But in those moments of difficulty she would be able to recall Gabriel’s visitation, the shepherds visit and their account of their angelic experience, her visit with Elizabeth where her baby John leaped inside of her and the many other untold joys of motherhood to encourage her spirit. Your recollection and testimony of what the Lord has done and shown you will be what sustain you when life’s difficulties and troubles try to pull you off the course God has put you on. If you’ll keep your heart full of His blessings and the testimony of His goodness, then the trying times will not be able to cripple your faith and hinder the plan the God has for you. What good things has he done for you? Treasure and ponder them, allow them you be a source of strength to your faith as you continue on in the life He has for you.
Friday, December 29
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Turn around time. It is the key to success in the service industry…especially in Western culture. When you go to a restaurant, you expect quick and efficient service. When you go to the supermarket, you don’t want to wait for 30 minutes in the check out line. When you order something online, you expect it within a week. When God speaks to you about doing something for Him, shouldn’t He be able to expect the same. The Shepherds wasted no time in proclaiming the fact that they had met the Savior. As soon as they left the manger, they started testifying. Always remember that delayed obedience is disobedience. What has God spoken to you about? What is He asking you to do? Many times the only thing keeping you from an encounter with Him is obedience. Obedience requires faith but the Bible says that faith pleases Him. Today, walk out His instructions in faithful obedience. You’ll amazed at how quickly He rewards you and how much that encounter with Him strengthens your faith.
Saturday, December 30
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
What has the essence of this Christmas been to you? Essence is the attribute of what something fundamentally is, it’s what gives it it’s identity. Was this the essence of this Christmas, Jesus for you, or was it all of the hustle and stress of the holiday season. Let’s take it one step further. Who or what is the essence of your life? Who have you allowed to make you who you are. Is your identity found in Him or is He just a part of who you are wrapped up in a package full of issues? Do you find yourself seeking validation in your friends, career, and accomplishments? If you’ll keep Him as your center, your focus, and your foundation, no amount of stress or busy-ness will be able to rob you of the joy that Christmas should bring to your life. He is essential because He is your essence. Others should see and feel the joy and peace of the Savior when they are near you because you have allowed Him to become the essence of who you are.
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